Not so quick. Step back from the closet. Those heels don’t belong there, they belong on your feet.
Yeah, yeah, we know, “This strain in the back of my heel doesn’t feel right”, “I’m totally developing plantar fasciitis”, “Hello, my toes are a mess!”. And you’re right, research has shown that prolonged wearing of high heels can permanently damage the bone structure, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves of the foot. As well as negatively impact the muscles and tendons of the legs and lower back, along with the ligaments of the ankles, knees, and hips. And we didn’t get into the aesthetic horrors of callouses, corns, bunions, and ingrown toenails.
But research has also shown that there are preventative movements you can do, mostly stretches, to keep your feet healthy when they’re at their trendiest. Because honestly, 42% of you ladies would slip your feet into those stunning heels, even if they caused discomfort, according to an American Podiatric Medical Association.
Click through the slideshow to see the best stretches to prevent and relieve high heel pain.